Hualien is known for its majestic view of the Pacific Ocean and seemingly endless range of mountain peaks. The county just cannot have enough mountain parks to satisfy its locals making the Mei Lun Mountain Park a pleasant destination for tourists to wander in the great outdoors.
Mei Lun Mountain Park has a height of 110 meters and is located east of the city of Hualien facing the back of the county government. The Chung Cheng Park was built on the side of the mountain that accommodates visitors with their endless list of activities. Most of the locals find themselves jogging, dancing and exercising around the 800-meter long trail while feeling the delightfully chilly wind of the mountains on their skin. Keeping fit has never been this refreshing, which is why many locals prefer working up a sweat at the mountain park. With the kids in mind, a small theme park was constructed so that little ones can be occupied while their older counterparts can just simply relax amidst the refreshing mountainous environment. Kids also prefer going up and down the winding mountain paths as adults prefer lounging under the trees and breathing in the fresh air.
The winding mountain path is also a favorite road for mountain hikers who want to see if they can reach the peak of the Mei Lun Mountain by use of the trail. Hikers who love going through lush greenery and feeling the soft mountain breeze will find hiking up the Mei Lun Mountain a pleasant experience. When you reach the top, the peak will reward you with fantastic views of the residential area of Hualien on one side and amazing views of the city center on the other. The city view is especially nice during night time as the view from the business district is exceptionally breathtaking.
The park is not only a place for the physically fit but can also be a place for visitors and tourists to relax in. The park’s skating rink and badminton court proves that these two facilities are two of the favorite attractions in the park.
In contrast to the grey and green mountain of Mei Lun, an orange brick building is often an eye-catching scene nestled somewhere in the mountain park. This pleasant pop of color is a shrine built to commemorate martyrs Cheng Cheng-Kung, Liu Yang-Fu and Chiu Feng-Chia. The shrine overlooks the downtown area of Hualien ensuring that it is but one thing to check out on top of the mountain.
Mei Lun Mountain is actually part of the East Rift Valley National Scenic Area, which is also known to be “the land of milk honey”. The entire scenic area has a total land area of 138,386 hectares which makes the Mei Lun Mountain Park but a part of the vast green land. It is then astonishing to know that the spectacular Mei Lun Mountain is only a portion of the natural ecology of the east region of Taiwan that never fails to put tourists and locals alike in a state of awe.